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Monday, September 30, 2019

Suspect in hit-and-run incident at KL marathon arrested

PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested the driver allegedly involved in the "hit-and-run" accident during the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon that left two runners injured.
Selangor Traffic Enforcement and Investigations Department chief Supt Azman Shariat said police arrested a 25-year-old woman and also seized a car.
"We also found her with six pills which we believe are Erimin-5. She also tested positive for methamphetamines and amphetamines," he said.
He said the woman had no criminal record but had an outstanding traffic summons.
On Sunday (Sept 29), a car ploughed through safety barriers on the Middle Ring Road 2 near Kuala Ampang that were put up to control traffic during the race.
One of the injured runners suffered a broken hip bone while the other was wounded.
Both victims, who are in their 40s, received treatment at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
The driver is believed to have rented the car and the rental company has also lodged a police report to confirm that it was rented out to her.
The case is being investigated under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless and dangerous driving as well as Section 39A(1) and Section 15 (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for possessing and using drugs.- Star


Frankly, I do not see the need for another major study if the Government is serious about solving the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) issue
Both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan have promised in the election manifesto to recognise the UEC, but until today, the Minister of Education, Maszlee Malik is still dilly-dallying on the decision.
His deputy had promised that the UEC would be recognised by November last year, only to be set aside by the minister himself.
Studies have been carried out in the past before BN agreed in their manifesto to officially recognise the UEC.
Based on my own discussion with officers in the ministry who are close to the minister, Maszlee and his team have access to a copy of the report.
Although I do not have children who are affected, the government’s pussyfooting around with the UEC is affecting the future of young people who cannot decide where to continue with their studies.
Those who can afford it will send their children to Taiwan, but my concern is with the children whose parents cannot afford private education or sending them overseas.
Recently, Kepong MP, Lim Lip Eng highlighted the case of a young woman who has to work part time for 60 hours a week in order to pay for her expenses while studying in a local public university.
These are the people whom we should be concerned about and making sure that they get a good education in order to contribute towards the country’s economy in the future.
In the first place, the education minister should not have even requested for a “comprehensive” study to be carried out. It is basically hypocrisy at its worst!
If he did not even bother to do some thinking about the colour of shoes (and socks) for the children to wear, or even allow his idea of having hotels to allow a bunch of kids to jump into their swimming pool to go through his grey matter, what comprehensive study is he talking about before a decision could be made before UEC is given the recognition.
If most of the major international universities around the world can recognise UEC, there is no reason why the Malaysian Government and the Ministry of Education cannot recognise the qualification.
Sabah, under a more progressive state government and chief minister, has already given its official recognition. What a shame for Putrajaya to still drag its feet over the UEC.
WRITER: STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in following political developments in the country since 2008. After May 9, 2018, he is now involved in contributing ideas towards rebuilding of the nation.


Dr Mahathir is to be commended for articulating aspirations to conserve Malaysisa’s forests, which most Malaysians also hold in deep affection. That provides great hope of good intentions that might just rescue the handful of renaining Malaysian tigers and the habitat they depend on, along with the tattered remnants of the East Malaysian Borneo Jungle.
However, an in-built refusal to accept any form of criticism direct or indirect is part of his powerful character it would appear and there seems to be a willingness on his part (encouraged by those with vested interests around his government) to conclude that the chorus of ecologically concerned people and global scientists who are raising concerns about the deforestation of Malaysia’s precious landscape are doing so just for the sake of it – or to be mean to Malaysians or competitive on behalf of industries they have no connection to.
Either Mahathir is right, together with Teresa Kok in claiming that somehow the world’s most massive palm oil plantations have been created without destroying vast tracks of jungle (in defiance of all logic and evidence) or the mass of contrary statistics available from all the world’s scientific organisations are correct instead. Take these as a small example:
So, who is telling the truth? The fact is that solid statistics are simply not being produced by the Malaysian federal government to substantiate its claims, which are based on feedback from state governments that are not revealing proper data:
Where is the data coming for forest cover of over 50%? There is no distinction between virgin forest and scrub. When we ask for it there is no proper data available. We should be able to have the raw data and verify it – we go out to the field in any state and walk the with Orang Asli and we know what is going on and it is not true”, says Saha Deva A Arunasalam, Vice President of the Malaysian environment group PEKA who joined colleagues in showing solidarity for the climate march in London last week.
The complaint is justified. Just because an area is green on the map, even green from the sky or not officially designated as ‘urbanised’ or ‘agricultural’ does not mean that it has not been logged for all its worth and destroyed both as a habitat and as a living carbon-extracting proper forest. It could just as well be scrub, as much of Malaysia now is.
That such remarks from the PM have come after weeks in which Malaysians have suffered choking toxic fumes created from the now routine burning of these ‘forested areas’ has pitched practical experience as well as logic against a bunch of vague statistics that are completely unverified and unscrutinised.
So, let’s get the data properly nailed down, checked and placed transparently in federal hands. Next, let’s all work together to help Dr Mahathir and Malaysians fulfil their aspirations to revitalise their hugely valuable jungle zones and prevent a handful of greedy and rapacious loggers (with the local politicians in their pockets) from cleaning out the fragments left of what was – just 50 years ago – the world’s most bio-diverse region of the planet.
Mahathir highlights Malaysia’s conservation efforts
NEW YORK – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia takes its commitment to conservation seriously and is proud to be a signatory to an extensive list of global treaties on conservation, wildlife, forestry and the environment.
The prime minister said the country also viewed multilateral environmental agreements as a key part of its formula for balance in the sense of its responsibility to the planet and its responsibility to its people to ensure their right to food, clothing and shelter.
He pointed out that Malaysia also had kept to it environmental promises, including the one made at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 where it committed to maintaining at least 50% of its land mass under forest cover.
“Today, almost three decades later, I am proud to announce that we have not reneged on that pledge. Malaysia’s forest cover is currently at 55.3% or 18.3 million hectares of our total land area, exceeding Malaysia’s initial commitment at the Rio Earth Summit.
“This represents the nation’s will and commitment to conserve and sustainably manage our forest, its flora and fauna,“ he said at Thursday’s ‘Environmental Stewardship in Addressing Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All’, a side event of the United Nations General Assembly here.
Dr Mahathir said despite Malaysia’s economic growth and rapid urbanisation, maintaining its forests and making existing agricultural land more productive to meet increasing demand could not have been achieved without adopting pragmatic, progressive and sustainable development policies.
He nonetheless noted that although Malaysia had put in place various efforts to prevent environmental loss, it still faced challenges from its growing socio-economic development needs.
“The increasing population of Malaysia brings with it an increased demand for food, water and other infrastructure which places pressure on our natural resources and environment,“ he said.
Dr Mahathir also highlighted Malaysia’s Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016-2020) where substantial resources had been allocated to implement a wide range of actions to address climate change as well as to further enhance conservation and restoration efforts.
Malaysia was the main organiser of the event with support from Pakistan, Turkey and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. – Bernama
– Sarawak Report


A very high ranking Johor Umno leader asked me the other day whom should BN field in the upcoming Tanjung Piai by-election.
I actually felt honoured that he asked for my opinion. After all, I’m just a nobody while he is a very important Johor Umno decision maker.
I told him that my opinion on the matter is probably not the best as I have been away from Johor for quite a while and due to that I’m quite out of touch with the local sentiment.
“Datuk, I can give you my personal opinion, but I want you to know that I will still respect your decision and that of Zahid’s on this matter if you all choose the other option. All that really matter is for BN to win the by-election,” I said.
Having said that, I told him that personally I would prefer MCA’s Wee Jeck Seng, the former MP there to be the BN candidate.
The main reason for my choice is that I believe BN will contest the by-election as the favourite to win it due to the current political climate and that if the coalition fields an MCA candidate, then it would prove that the recently sealed Perpaduan Ummah pact with Pas was not meant to alienate the non-Malays, particularly the Chinese community.
It will send a strong message to the Chinese community, especially in Johor that DAP’s accusations of BN over the years, especially about Umno being a racist party were not true.
Tanjung Piai, despite being a Malay-majority constituency (currently at 57 per cent) has been an MCA stronghold until the last general election.
Wee had done well there by previously winning against DAP Malay candidates in 2008 and 2013.
The guy was well liked as he served his constituents diligently, irrespective of their race or religion.
In the last general election, despite other MCA candidates being massacred elsewhere, he was beaten by the late Dr Md Farik Md Rafik of Pribumi Bersatu by a razor thin margin of 524 votes.
I was told that Wee managed to get about 30 per cent of the votes from among the Chinese voters in the constituency, which was exceptional compared to the average five per cent received by other MCA candidates from the community.
The bulk of voters who used to support Wee but turned against him last year were actually Malays.
This is evident from the results at the two state constituencies within Tanjung Piai.
In Pekan Nanas, where the local Chinese community is concentrated, the MCA candidate managed to reduce the DAP’s majority from 2,669 votes in 2013 to 1,308 while in Kukup where the Malays have the outright majority, the Umno candidate’s majority of 6,946 votes in 2013 was reduced to merely 862.
Considering the current trend of Malay support swinging back to BN, Wee may get back his lost votes.
This is the full result of GE14 for Tanjung Piai
PHMd Farid Md Rafik21,25547.29+ 47.29
BNWee Jeck Seng20,73146.12– 10.00
PASNordin Othman2,9626.59+ 6.59
Total valid votes44,948100.00
Total rejected ballots841
Unreturned ballots69
Registered electors53,528
Do take note that it was the first time Pas, which is now a BN ally had contested in Tanjung Piai and its candidate acted as a spoiler that prevented Wee from winning. Also, to be considered were the over 800 spoilt votes which could have been from those who protested against the BN leadership at that time.
Click on this link for the electoral history of Tanjung Piai,
Tanjung Piai (federal constituency)
All that considered, I told the Johor Umno leader that Wee would be the ideal BN candidate for the coming by-election.
I also pointed to him that most of the parliamentary constituencies in Johor are of the marginal type and BN will need all the Chinese votes that it could get in future elections in the state.
“If Umno and Pas campaign hard for Wee and he wins in Tanjung Piai which is a Malay majority constituency, then the Chinese, at least in Johor, will realise that the Perpaduan Ummah is not a threat to them and some may even return to support MCA again.
“Bear in mind that not all Chinese even like the DAP. Wee even received over 30 per cent of their votes despite all the BN’s problems during GE14,” I said.
The Johor Umno leader nodded in agreement. The guy is nice and sensible.
However, he told me that many other Johor Umno leaders, including those at the Tanjung Piai division wanted their party to contest the by-election.
“They felt that there’s no benefit in giving MCA another Malay majority constituency. Umno suffered so many betrayals by MCA members who voted for DAP and its allies in past elections. They told me that if MCA want to win elections in future, they have to do so at Chinese-majority constituencies so that they can truly say they represent their community,” he said.
I told him I do understand that sentiment and I don’t blame those Umno leaders. I was myself enraged when TS Abdul Ghani Othman lost to Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah in 2013 because I believed that the Chinese, who are the majority there betrayed their own MB at that time despite him contributing so much to their community just because he is a Malay.
But then again, I still feel that the Johor Umno leaders need to see the bigger picture which is how to once again turn Johor not only to be the tiang seri of Umno but also the stronghold of Barisan Nasional.
– http://lifeofaannie.blogspot.com/


 NEW YORK, Sept 26 -- Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (center) attending the Sustainable Development Goals Summit - Leaders Dialogue 6 on 'The 2020-2030 Vision', at the United Nations (UN) headquarters here on Wednesday. Dr Mahathir is in New York for the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly. Looking on are Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. --fotoBERNAMA (2019) COPYRIGHTS RESERVED
Today is 2019, not 1989 where Mahathir Mohamad ruled with an iron fist (for 22 years from 1981 to 2003). During his first stint as the Malaysian leader, Mahathir administration controlled the mainstream news media. The Internet was yet to exist, let alone social media. So newspapers and television were used to spread his then-Barisan Nasional government’s propaganda.
To be fair, Mahathir had done both good and bad things during his “dictatorship”. And there was little doubt that he was one of the most outspoken leaders who had dared to criticize superpower like the United States. He was also seen as the champion of the Muslim world for slamming Israel. Mahathir’s hatred for the Jews was legendary, so much so he mocked the Jews as “hook-nosed”.
Mahathir has now returned as the Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second stint. He miraculously won the May 2018 general election. Currently on a 4-day working visit to New York, it seems the old Mahathir is back, based on what he has said at the United Nations General Assembly and other forums. It’s obvious the old man wanted to become a hero again, especially among the Muslim world.
Mahathir Mohamad - Speech at United Nations September 2019
He wanted to re-create back the good old glory days when he earned the respect and applause from third world countries for standing up against the Western nations. So he spoke against the big bully America who uses sanctions against any countries they dislike, like Iran. He also lectured the UN how to run its business – telling it to modify existing veto power to prevent abuses.
Short of declaring trade war with the European Union for banning the import of palm oil, Mahathir defended the commodity, arguably a big contributor to his country’s economy. The world’s oldest prime minister also claimed that the current situation in Jammu-Kashmir is a result of the lack of regard for the United Nations and its resolutions – indirectly blaming India.
Taking a page from his old playbook, the Malaysian leader had prepared his script hoping to emerge a saviour in the eyes of the Muslim world. Hence, he criticized Myanmar leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi for doing nothing against the Myanmar military’s so-called genocide of the Rohingya people and bashed United Nations for its inability to intervene in the Rohingya crisis.
Jews Waving Israel Flags
In short, Mahathir has given a long lecture at the United Nations on how to run the world while his own backyard – Malaysia – is, hilariously, plunging deeper into racism, extremism, radicalization, discrimination and even terrorism under his leadership since May 9, 2018. But his script would be incomplete without a cheap jab at Israel’s brutality against the Palestinians, of course.
Yes, like a broken record since 1981, Mr. Mahathir said Malaysia cannot accept the blatant seizure of Palestinian land by Israel for their settlements as well as the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. He said – “Muslims are accused of terrorism, even if they did nothing. Muslims everywhere have been oppressed, expelled from their countries and refused asylum.”
He said the creation of Israel by seizing Palestinian land and expelling its 90% Arab population had led to wars being fought in many countries. Mahathir said – “And now we have terrorism when there was none before or at least none on the present scale. Military action against acts of terrorism will not succeed. We need to identify the cause and remove it.”
Israel-Palestine Conflict - Supporters Waving Flags
Exactly what type of grass Mahathir has been smoking lately? He perhaps had forgotten today’s 2019, not 1989. He basically says that the source of terrorism is Israel. Without Israel, the world will be so peaceful and beautiful that even the God has to be retrenched. He talked as if Israel is responsible for ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and nearly 210 recognised terrorist organisations.
Perhaps Mahathir can explain why ISIS fears Israel, so much so that the terror group did not attack the supposedly evil Jewish community, but instead butchered fellow Muslim brothers and raped fellow Muslim sisters during their adventure in the Middle East? The old man should study the 1967 War and the birth of international terrorism.
Yes, everything started after the Six-Day War, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War otherwise known as the Third Arab–Israeli War, which was fought between 5 and 10 June 1967 by Israel and the neighbouring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Someone should tell Mahathir that before June 4, 1967, the Jewish people were forbidden from praying at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site.
Arab-Israel Six-Day War - 1967
In fact, the Jews could not live in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, where their ancestors had built homes for thousands of years. Jews were forbidden to attend classes at the Hebrew University at Mt. Scopus. Heck, the Jews could not even seek medical care at the Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus. So, it was the Jews who had been oppressed and expelled from their home.
Before 1967, the 6.5-million minority Jews in Israel couldn’t do all of the above because the Jewish areas had been captured – militarily – by Arabs following the 1948 Israel’s War of Independence, which would lead to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War – also known as the First Arab-Israeli War. The Arab Muslims, not Israel, were responsible for all the Palestinians’ problem today.
On 15 May, 1948, a combined forces of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attacked Israeli forces and Jewish settlements. When the Jordanian, then the strongest force of all, occupied the historic Jewish sites, they destroyed whatever leftovers of Judaism – including schools and cemetery. Guess what the Muslim world and the United Nations had done.
Israel-Arab Six-Day War Ends - Total Israel Victory - Newspaper
Between 1948 and 1967, the so-called world body United Nations had neither offered a single resolution condemning the invasion of the Jordanian occupation nor the cultural destruction. But when Israel finally won the Six-Day War, also known as the 1967 Arab-Israeli War or Third Arab-Israeli War, and reclaimed their lost areas, all hell breaks loose.
Nearly the entire Egyptian air force, caught by surprise of Israeli air supremacy, was destroyed. Actually, it was the Egyptian who mobilised its forces along its border with Israel that forced Israel to launch its pre-emptive strikes against Egyptian airfields. Yet, in spite of its humiliating losses, the Egyptian tricked and lured other Arab Muslim brothers into believing that Egypt had won.
In the end, Israeli counterattacks against the Arab alliance had resulted in the seizure of “East Jerusalem” as well as the “West Bank” from the Jordanians, while it’s retaliation against Syria resulted in its occupation of the “Golan Heights”. With tail between legs, the Arab forces lost 20,000 lives while fewer than 1,000 Israelis perished in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel Surrounded by Muslim Countries - Map
Is Mahathir trying to say that it’s alright for the Jewish lands to be invaded, occupied and destroyed by the Arab Muslims (between 1948 and 1967) but not alright for the Jews to defeat the Arab Muslims and reclaim its lost lands after close to 20 years (in 1967)? That’s the thinking of a sore loser, not to mention the mentality of a racist man, is it not?
So, when the Arab Muslims destroyed and killed the Jews, it’s their birthright. But when the Jews destroyed and killed the Arab Muslims, the Jews are condemned and called the brutal Zionist regime. In reality, after Israel declared its independence as a sovereign nation in 1948, it also declared Jerusalem as its capital – which is the right of any sovereign state.
The 94-year-old Mahathir appears to cherry pick post-1967 as his argument that Israel is the oppressor while Palestine is the oppressed. What happened between 1948 and 1967 is conveniently thrown out of the windows. The roots and practice of terrorism can be traced at least to the 1st-century AD, not during First Arab-Israeli War (1948-1967), and certainly not during the Third Arab–Israeli War (1967).
Jerusalem Recognition - Palestinians Protest
But the first modern international terrorism can be traced, arguably, to July 22, 1968, when the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked an Israeli El Al flight travelling from Rome to Tel Aviv. From 1968 through 1976, Palestinian groups would hijack a staggering 16 airplanes, and also attack other aviation targets such as El Al offices.
While hijacking was not new, it was the first time that the hijackers in 1968 sought to trade the passengers for Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel and proclaimed that a “civilian jet” was a legitimate target, arguing it was a symbol of the Israeli state. In 1972, the Black September Organization, a front for Yasser Arafat’s Fatah, even killed 11 Israeli athletes and a German policeman at the Munich Olympics.
As a clever man, Mahathir should be able to tell the difference between a war and an act of terrorism. The Arab Muslims won the First Arab-Israeli War (1948-1967), but too bad they lost the Third Arab–Israeli War in 1967 – and never recovered ever since. After the crushing Israeli victory, the Palestinians realised they cannot depend on their Arab brothers so they resorted to terrorism.
Israeli El Al Flight 253 – Hijacked by Palestinian Terrorists in 1968
Yasser Arafat sought to emulate the successful Algeria revolt, where guerrillaseventually drove out the French after more than 100 years of colonization. Israel, however, knew such strategy and quickly suppressed an attempted Palestinian rebellion on the West Bank and, in the years that followed, crushed resistance in Gaza. This is the reason why the ISIS was so afraid of Israel.
Israel is arguably the only nation in the world with the most experience and success combating terrorism. ISIS used to pledge to conquer the Jewish state and incorporate it into its core caliphate. Israel’s approach to ISIS’ threats is straightforward. It successfully “persuades” the ISIS not to attack it by “credibly” threatening to retaliate.
Despite ISIS’ well known brutality, the terrorists knew very well what the Jewish people meant by “don’t cross the red line”. Past experience had taught the terror group that Israel will definitely retaliate 100% of the time. In essence, Israel makes sure their enemies get the message through three Cs – clarity, capability and credibility. They don’t issue empty threats.
Israel Army Guerrilla Warfare
Anyway, the fact remains that roughly 1-million Palestinians remained in Israel. They were not expelled from their home, as accused by Mahathir. In fact, the Palestinian citizens of Israel turned out in record numbers to vote in the Israeli election recently. By winning 13 seats and finishing third, the Palestinian Joint List has forced the Jewish parties to contend with Palestinians as a political force.
Sure, the minority Palestinians in Israel can never win enough to form the government in the country. But isn’t that the same as the minority ethnics Chinese and Hindus in Malaysia? Worse, Mahathir would use Indian Muslim extremist preacher like Zakir Naik to mock and insult the minorities whenever the premier likes? At least the Zionists didn’t tell the Palestinians to go back to Palestine, if such a nation ever exists.
Instead of foaming at the mouth slamming Israel, perhaps Mahathir should explain to the United Nations his brilliant opinion on why his Muslim brother – Saudi Arabia – spends billions of dollars slaughtering fellow Muslim men, women and children in the Yemeni War. Should not Saudi, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, attack the Zionist regime of Israel instead?
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Visits Israel
Why did Kuwait say Israel is NOT our enemy in 2015? Why has Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman become a friend of Israel, admitting that the Jews have the right to have their own country. Mahathir might be semi-senile, or pretends to be ignorant. But the Middle East is changing. Israel is no longer Arabs’ biggest enemy in the region.
Israel’s culture and sports minister, Miri Regev, toured the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi in 2018. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had made a historic visit to Oman. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi had an amicable meeting with Mr. Netanyahu. Bahrain went so far as to back Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian aggression.
It’s an incredibly obsolete tactic to use Israel as a punching bag so that Mahathir could catapult himself as the champion of the Muslim world. Israel has made many Arab friends. Mahathir is still stuck in the 1980s mentality if he thinks he could spin the same boring (*yawn*) Israel-Palestine conflict to his advantage. No wonder very few listens to his babbling at the United Nations.
Malay Muslims Protest Against Israel
– Finance Twitter